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Tag: Islay Whisky (Page 1 of 5)

Caol Ila 12 yo Whisky from Islay

Caol Ila 12 yo whisky header

For the last 10 or more years during June, there is a Oyster, Wine & Food Festival in Johannesburg where  in excess of 60 000 oysters from Knysna gets consumed and appreciated together with a variety of other foods and wine.  It is always a very popular activity.  Out in the winter sunshine, with friends, good music, fun food, what more can you ask of in the perfect weekend.   But I have to admit something… when we taste oysters, we always take a small flask of Caol Ila 12 yo with us.  Nothing enhances the taste of fresh Knysna oysters better than this peaty smoky Islay dram.  It is total perfection. 

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Ardbeg Dark Cove – The darkest Ardbeg yet?

Ardbeg dark cove whisky header

I always look forward to last weekend in May. This is usually when the world celebrates Ardbeg Day.   Ardbeg day started in 2012 and this annual event has been filled with fun and whisky every year since.  With loud fanfare, a new limited Ardbeg release is launched and the day is spent tasting and appreciating Ardbeg around the world.  From New Zealand and Australia, South Africa, Europe and the USA, special Arbeg themed events turn the day into a world wide party. 

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Classic Islay: Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Laphroaig Quarter Cask single malt Whisky

This is one of the bottles that have been in my collection for ages. I keep on drinking it, but never writing about it. So, with the Laphroaig Distillery 200 year anniversary during 2015 and before we finish this bottle, I decided that it is time to officially taste the Laphroaig Quarter Cask. Laphroaig is names after Loch Laphroaig on the south coast of Islay. Donald and Alexander Johnston established the distillery in 1815.

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Does the Enigma reveal secrets? Bowmore Enigma

Bowmore Enigma 12 yo single malt whisky

A dram we have tried a few times with food, but never written about. The Bowmore Enigma is a 12 yo Islay Single Malt whisky with a higher proportion of sherry matured spirit than the standard bottling. The definition of Enigma is a thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand.   Will this Bowmore Enigma  show its secrets?  The Bowmore Enigma is bottled for the Travel Retail market.

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My happy place dram: Bunnahabhain 18 yo

Bunnahabhain 18 yo single malt whisky

The sea is my happy place. I sleep like a rock when I hear the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. I love to walk for miles and miles on the beach, looking for shells and dreaming away. We all have such a place. A place where the cares of the day, the stress of work, the burdens that we carry, just disappear.   A place that makes us happy. For some people it is the mountains. John and our friend Walter find peace when they go climbing.

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